Learned Helplessness About Immortality (fwd)

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Sat Feb 24 15:12:13 EST 1996

		(in response to msg below)

If it's simple and people want more life, why don't more people support 
anti-aging research?

My contention is that most of us have learned helplessness about our 
sentence to the gallows before age 100. (80-yr life expectncy).  We think we 
have no choice.

We feel so helpless about our life expectancies that no one dare mention 
any other possibility.

The concept of getting an extra 100 years is pooh-poohed by society.

Yet the field of genetics and nonatechnogy is at our doorsteps.

Do you dare to even think about the possibilities?  To discuss them 
around people you crave respect from? 

Explore your own feelings of helplessness in this matter.

What is the resistance all about?

Don Ashley

On Sat, 17 Feb 1996, David Johnson wrote:

> dashley at TENET.EDU (Don Ashley) wrote:
> >Would anyone care to suggest why someone might want an extended life 
> >expectancy? 
> Simple. If anything is good, you want more of it.
> Icecream... sex... life... the same argument applies to all.
> David Johnson

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